This website was launched in June 2001. It has proved to be popular with those interested in the international political economy, development, public policy, and complexity. The website had attracted about three quarter of a million visits. It was redesigned and published in its new format in April 2014. This was necessitated by its increased content and the need to improve readability and navigation by visitors.

Dr Samir Rihani

Dr Samir Rihani


The website is dedicated to the dissemination of ideas that seek to promote a better understanding of the factors that shape social, political and economic events.

Its mission is to accelerate the growing shift away from mechanistic perceptions in these fields to a viewpoint that recognises them as uncertain evolving outcomes arising from complex interactions between numerous actors.



For technical information on mechanistic and complex systems please see Complexity.

The website is in two sections: ARTICLES and PAGES. As the name implies, the first offers articles grouped into several categories (such as Iraq, Palestine, USA, etc.). The other section (Pages) provides additional information (such as Good Reads, etc.). PLease note that if there is more than one page to an article or group a link is given at the bottom to give access to the next page. You are welcome to explore the website and to read content that you find of interest. However, your comments on the website in general and on views expressed therein would also be gratefully received.

Articles Published on the Globalcomplexity Website

A large number of articles written by Samir Rihani are available on the website. They have attracted much interest from an international readership that includes  specialists as well as members of the informed public. Recently Samir Rihani has been busy on a book based on the articles published here suitably updated.

Public Policy

Public policy is a fundamental field for the sustainability and resilience of any society. In the the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) this is now a critical deficit that has been identified by numerous studies and reports, including the Arab Human Development Reports published by UNDP (UN Development Programme). It is of course difficult to see how to progress sound governance and good public policies in the turmoil that now exists in that part of the world but that is a challenge that must be addressed and overcome. Civil organisations such as AMEPPA (Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration), MENAPAR (MENA Public Administration Research) and others will have a special role to perform in this field.